Saturday, March 24, 2007

Magazine covers I'd like to see...

I'm a magazine junkie. As soon as I land that first well-paying job (which I hope is sooner rather than later - Pampers don't grow on trees...) I plan on getting subscriptions to at least 5 or 6 magazines. And YES, I will find time to read them.

Everything is web-focused now. At this point, I'm trying to ride with the trend and brush up on some HTML, and some Flash, trying to adjust to thinking about things in terms of web hits rather than circulation.

But I'm old school. I like actually holding the magazine in my hands. Sitting in a chair at the computer looking at images on a screen is not the same as curling up in my favorite chair holding a thick, glossy mag. Something about the physical product is so sexy and alluring to me. That's why I'm not a newspaper major. Lol.

I'm predicting (and you heard it here first!) that in 20 years or so, we'll be back to print forms. Oh, web will still be here, but people will become nostalgic for that glossy paper!

Remember, folks, you heard it here first.

As I was saying, magazines are sexy. Nothing is sexier than a magazine cover. Slap your celebrity or model of the month on it, add some alluring text, adjust the colors and voila! It's beautiful.

But why does it seem like sometimes the magazines feature the same people over and over? I know who you put on the cover has a huge impact on newsstand sales, but I think people have broader interests than editors would imagine....

Here are some magazine covers of people I'd love to see featured...

1) Kerry Washington - This woman is just so put together and so talented it's crazy. When I designed the mock-up for my magazine, I put her on the cover of my debut issue. She always looks goregous, shines in every movie she's in, and she is down to earth and humble. A winning combo if you ask me.


2) Don Cheadle. Is this guy not the most underrated actor in Hollywood? What does he have to do to get a break?
I have to admit, I didn't want to go see his new movie, Reign Over Me, but it had more to do with Adam Sandler's haircut than Cheadle's acting abilities. I'll have to get over Adam's shaggy 'do and go check it out.


3)Tyler Perry - This man is a maverick.
From Diary of A Mad Black Woman to Daddy's Little Girls, to House of Payne to owning his own studio, is there anything this man can't do? I'd like to hear more about the business side of things he's done. We've all seen his ginormous house but let's hear about how he managed to get it. Nice piece for Black Enterprise I would think...





4)Kelly Rowland - Although her last album, Simply Deep, didn't sell so well, I've always thought Kelly had a beautiful voice and was undervalued as a member of D.C. She didn't have the curves like Bee, but she was pretty.With her new album, Miss Kelly due to hit stores soon, I hope she finds more success this time around. Especially with Bee all over the place, from Dreamgirls to Sports Illustrated.

So let me know: Who do YOU think should be on the cover of your favorite magazine?

4 comments:

Quick said...

I would like to see Kelly Rowalnd on a-lot more magazine covers; although Simply Deep only went Gold in the US...it went #1 & platnium in the UK. She has transformed into a beautiful,confident woman and i would love to see her grace Essence & do a crazy, high-fashion cover and spread for W magazine.

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Yes, I too think magazines and books will never go out of style completely, because there is something special about holding them in our hands.

Computers can't replace everything...

Evelyn said...

I see that you are looking to break into magazine writing, and as a fellow writer/ newly single mom I have some ideas for you that I probably shouldn't post here publicly.

My email address is in my google/blogger profile.

Your blog is fabulous, and I wish you every success in your writing career.

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